An independent charity which helps communities in Devon, The Community Council of Devon, has announced it is to change its name after more than 50 years.

Founded in 1961, CCD has accumulated a wealth of experience in helping communities resolve and progress the matters that are important to people in the county. In recent years there has been a call from those it works with to change the name. The feeling was that the name no longer represented what the organisation does, while the term ‘council’ often meant the charity was mistaken for a Local Authority.

The charity, whose vision is “dynamic communities shaping their own futures” will now be known as Devon Communities Together, this will be the operating name for the Community Council of Devon. It will be business as usual as the organisation develops growth in the charitable and commercial sector and continues to build upon the strong relationship it has with partners and communities in Devon. The charity has undertaken significant projects and is proud of it's achievements.

Partnership working has helped Devon Communities Together in its work with rural communities and has been integral to its work involving affordable rural housing, neighbourhood planning, village halls, sports facilities, community services and social enterprise. Key partners include District and Parish Councils, Devon County Council, Housing Associations, the Heart of the SW business support programme, Devon Oil Collective, the University of Exeter and the Devon Association of Local Councils.

“Devon Communities Together is constantly evolving to keep pace with the ever changing social, cultural and economic needs of communities in Devon. This name change forms part of that commitment and the charity's commitment to support our joint vision of dynamic communities shaping their own futures.

Elaine Cooke, Chief Executive

Photo: Griffin Close, Hemyock. Winner of Best Rural Development at the Rural Housing Awards 2014. Read Case study here.

For more details about Devon Communities Together, please telephone 01392 248919, email: [email protected]  or apply online at: www.devoncommunities.org.uk .